Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2000 - Psychology - 368 pages
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition. In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Maté moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder, as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children. Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is essential and life-changing reading for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today.
  

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Review: Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

User Review  - Evan Sproul - Goodreads

Though the focus of this book is ADD, Dr. Mate presents a different perspective on relationships in general and how our behavior toward one another, especially in families, can affect us. For me, he ... Read full review

Review: Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

User Review  - Evan Sproul - Goodreads

Though the focus of this book is ADD, Dr. Mate presents a different perspective on relationships in general and how our behavior toward one another, especially in families, can affect us. For me, he ... Read full review

Contents

1 The parent takes active responsibility for the relationship
2 The parent does not judge the child
3 The parent does not overpraise the child
4 One does not parent from anger
5 The parent takes responsibility for restoring the relationship
The child is just looking for attention
The child is deliberately trying to annoy the adult
The child purposefully manipulates the parent
7 Trusting the child trusting oneself
1 Compassionate curiosity in the search for selfinsight
tolerating guilt and anxiety
3 You dont punish yourself for where you find yourself
1 The physical space
2 Sleep hygiene
3 Nutrition
5 Nature

The ADD childs behavior causes the adults tension or anger
Children with ADD are lazy
1 Keep attachment foremost
2 Do not mistake acquiescence for voluntary good behavior
4 Make room for some resistance in the relationship
7 Parents recognize that they too can be recalcitrant at times
9 Encourage selfdiscipline instead of controlling the child
1 Do no harm
2 Working with the parents
4 Keep attachment needs in the foreground
6 Adjust examination and home assignment expectations
8 Creative expression
9 Meditation and mindfulness
the one about to be treated
The prescriber should be knowledgeable
The aim of medication is not to control behavior but to help children focus
Medications should never be the only treatment or even the first treatment
Do not read more into the effects of medication than they merit
GENERAL WORKS ON ADD
BRAIN MIND AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
OTHER WORKS CITED
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About the author (2000)

Born in Budapest, Gabor Mate immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. He spent some time working as a teacher before returning to university to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. He ran a popular family practice for many years, and spent twelve years working in Vancouver's downtown eastside, caring for patients suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and HIV. In the 1990s, Dr. Mate was a regular medical columnist for the "Vancouver Sun" and the "Globe and Mail". He is also the author of four works of non-fiction. His most recent book, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction", won a Hubert Evans Award in 2010. In addition to being a physician and bestselling author, Dr. Mate is a highly sought after public speaker. He has three grown children and currently resides in Vancouver, BC, with his wife. Please visit drgabormate.com.

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